Red Sound Systems Elevata

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The Elevata is a virtual analog poly-synth with a back-to-basic's interface and big analog sounds. The same DSP analog modeling synthesizer technology used in the DarkStar has been beefed up for this sound module. The front panel swivels 90 degrees to facilitate rack-mounting or desktop use. Several hands-on knobs are plainly laid out for the oscillator, filter, envelope, and LFO sections in a simple, streamlined and intuitive interface.

It is 16-voice polyphonic and has 8 multi-timbral parts. There are two analog modeling oscillators per voice with square, sawtooth, sine & formant waveforms. The filter is a 2-pole (12dB/oct) with switchable low-, high-, or band-pass modes. There are ADSR envelopes for the filter and VCA sections and two syncable LFOs with multiple waveforms. You will also find portamento, a basic arpeggiator, chorus and flange effects, and a joystick controller assignable to any modulatable parameter. There are no reverb or delay effects unfortunately.

Every parameter has a knob or switch just a hand-grab away, so creating sounds is quick and easy on the Elevata. The Sound Wizard is a cool function that randomizes various parameters. This allows you to experiment with creating random sounds, hopefully leading to some happy accidents! Your custom creations can be stored in any of 127 user patches. There are also 127 preset patches and 90 multi-patches (aka performances). The Multi-patches can have up to eight different patches for creating some very lush arrangements.

The Elevata is also upgradeable via EPROMs you can buy for a little over $100 each and install yourself. The Vocoda EPROM adds vocoder capability. Additional EPROMS are on the way and there is room for up to 3 EPROMs. With multiple (6) outputs, stereo inputs for processing external audio, and full MIDI implementation, the Elevata's at home in any studio environment. It makes an interesting alternative to other virtual analogs in its price range such as the Nord Leads and Novation SuperNovas.

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16 Visitor comments
March 17, 2014 @ 5:44 pm
Just a heads up that while the OS1.13 chips aren't available anymore, if you have access to an EEPROM programmer you should email Redsound about buying a hex file of OS1.13. My EleVAta had 1.10 in it and upgrading to 1.13 made a BIG difference. The low output issue that all of the Redsound synths are known for is gone now, I can get a lot more low end out of it, there are some UI tweaks that improve the workflow a bit (mostly eliminating some redundant clicking on the "value/program" knob) and it seems more stable although I didn't have much trouble in that regard with the older OS. Do it!
December 23, 2012 @ 5:23 pm
I also have a darkstar XP2 and a Elevata, very cool synths.

I've uploaded a FL-Studio dashboard in the files folder on
Mikko Sundman
December 7, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

EleVAta outputs are indeed a bit silent, I have sorted it by using Mic/line inputs in my sound card (phantom off, of course). In many cases, these inputs have up to 60dB gain available. Also, there are Gain VST/AU plugins available for free, check Blue Cat for instance.
Mikko Sundman
December 7, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
Hi All,

I also own one EleVAta, and have been running a Red_sound_gearmaniacs Yahoo mailing list since 2004. (It's a mailing list as web forums were not too common back in 2004) We're just 75 of us, and we are very very inactive, but I suppose you guys can change that if you want to :)

I also took my elevata off from storage very recently, as I got back to music making hobby after a long break. It sounds very analog, raw, unpolished and tinny in comparison to NI Massive's and Blofelds of today. Like it is supposed to.
September 8, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

Sure. The manual and several other sources do MENTION expansions for the Elevata.
HOWEVER, Redsound actually released NONE.
As I said, there was 1 and only 1 redsound vocoda eprom MADE (read RELEASED): for the original Darkstar synth (black and red) - NOT EVEN for the Darkstar XP (same color combo as the Elevata).


You can show me proof that I´m wrong (which I´d appreciate since I´m an Elevata owner)
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - Two with square, sawtooth, sine & formant waveforms plus pink/white/blue noise
  • LFO - Two with ramp, triangle, square, sine, pulse, sample + hold, random waveforms.
  • Effects - Chorus, Flange
  • Filter - 12 dB/oct resonant filter, low-, high-, or band-pass modes
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 127 preset, 127 user patches, 90 multi-patches with 8 programs each
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (8-parts), Joystick Controller with independent socket input
  • Date Produced - 2001

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